I know, another post about Essena O’Neill who “quit” social media because it is “fake.”
While, in part, I do agree with her, I think the issue isn’t necessarily social media but the who people use and abuse it. People such as Essena O’Neill.
I think the key message in Essena’s video is one she says herself, she “let” herself “be defined by numbers.” We are not forcefully defined by the numbers we see on our social networks, we “let” ourselves if that’s how we feel and act towards it.
So, as I said, in part her message may be agreed with. However, I think instead of calling out inanimate things such as social media, perhaps we should simply be calling out the fakes on social media.
There are millions of personalities who make a living from social media and the digital environment as a whole, however, most will remain genuine and authentic in the sense that they will not simply accept sponsorship deals from anyone. If you’re selling products for money alone, you’re fake. If you’re selling products that you personally believe and you’re bringing your true and authentic self to the board, then you and your social media is not fake.
I follow many accounts on Instagram and I can tell the difference between someone who pretends to “connect” to the world, such as Essena O’Neill did for the sake of her followers, and someone who is genuinely connected and will share. If you’re only adventuring or hanging out with people for the sake of the image, you have allowed yourself to become fake and defined by the social media you use.
Making something real or fake comes down to the individual; it is not news that models pose and professional looking photographs aren’t simply snapped in an instant and it is not news that success is not a cure for depression.
While I could waffle on all day about social media and Essena O’Neill, I will sum up by saying that social media is a wonderful thing if we allow it to be a wonderful thing; we must use social media without letting it use us.
What are your thoughts on Essena O’Neill’s message?
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